“I’m not sure if that double has ever been done before,” pony super-producer Julie Templeton mused when her charges, Phoebe Price and Litton Enterprise, headed the show ponies over Poppy Carter and Basford Black Prince at Horse of the Year Show (HOYS) on Saturday. The placings were a direct copy of the result at the Royal International in the summer.
But even more was to come, when Price, 14, kept her poise and Enterprise kept his sparkle to win the Ruckleigh School supreme pony of the year at HOYS on Sunday night. It was the first time an open show pony had claimed the top honour since Broadgrove Chatterbox in 2005.
“It was incredible to win,” said Price, whose initial victory in the 148cm show ponies was her first at HOYS. “It still hasn’t sunk in yet, though. It was my biggest dream to win so I’m on cloud nine.”
Litton Enterprise, known as Edward, was bred in the purple, with Bwlch Valentino on both sides of his pedigree, as he is by Llanarth Aristocat out of Litton Midnight Ebony.
As advised by Templeton, Price played to the 10-year-old’s strengths in the supreme. He has a beautiful walk — which many showing aficionados across all sections consider to be the most important gait — and Price showed this off.
“People seem to think it’s a galloping competition,” mused Templeton. “But that’s not what the supreme is all about. I’m very proud of how Phoebe rode.”
Images: Phoebe Price and Litton Enterprise win Pony of the Year at HOYS, by E.S. Photography, courtesy of HOYS